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Arrived Thawed And At Room Temp

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Itsmekatie, Feb 7, 2023.

  1. Itsmekatie

    Itsmekatie New Member

    Hi there! I purchased 4 chipmunks and a baby raccoon and shipping took longer than expected. The shipper said they should arrive Friday. They didn’t come until today. They arrived room temp and totally thawed. Thoughts? Honestly I’m nervous to open the bag.
  2. Rabbitlady

    Rabbitlady Active Member

    Were they salted, or just frozen?

  3. Itsmekatie

    Itsmekatie New Member

    Just frozen.
  4. might have to apply some stop rot to stop slippage
  5. Itsmekatie

    Itsmekatie New Member

    So I put them back in the freezer. I have stop rot but I’m a little unclear where and how to apply it. And when? Defrost first? As you can probably tell I’m a baby beginner at this. :)
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    They can’t be both if salted properly they won’t freeze solid . It’s one or the other don’t ever do both , and if salted they best be skinned and fleshed properly. Just saying

    let your nose do the telling , if no good you will smell it .
    Rabbitlady likes this.
  7. you can also look up stop rot on this site there are many comments on this subject which may help you , good luck
  8. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Like 13 point said, if they smell bad, they are.

    As to the stop rot, you should have applied it liberally on the hair side of the critters before freezing. I think the instructions on the bottle say to use a brush. Don't defrost them if they are already frozen just to put stop rot on them. But when you go to thaw them out apply it then. As you skin them out apply the stop rot to the flesh side also.

    Just be fore warned, baby animals and small critters tend to slip easily anyway, especially for a beginner with your slower speed.
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  9. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

    I bought chipmunks off here from someone and they sent them priority mail and after 4 days they were slipping bad . Like said baby critters slip easily, fawns also.